Man convicted of raping bestselling author exonerated after film producer finds inconsistencies

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A man convicted of raping best-selling author Alice Sebold 40 years ago was exonerated
following a producer working on a film adaptation of the writer's memoir finding inconsistencies with the story.

"I've been crying tears of joy and relief the last couple of days," Anthony Broadwater, 61, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "I'm so elated, the cold can't even keep me cold."

Anthony Broadwater, who spent 16 years in prison, was cleared Monday by a judge of raping Sebold when she was a student at Syracuse University, an assault she wrote about in her 1999 memoir, "Lucky." The memoir preceded Sebold's book, "The Lovely Bones," which became a bestseller after its release in 2002 and was later made into a movie.

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The exoneration comes after a producer working on a film adaptation of the memoir became skeptical that Broadwater was a guilty man. Initial media reports stated the adaptation of "Lucky" was a Netflix project, but the streaming and production company said it is not involved in the project.

Tim Mucciante, who has a production company called Red Badge Films, had signed on as executive producer of the adaptation but became skeptical of Broadwater's guilt when the first draft of the script came out because it differed so much from the book.

"I started poking around and trying to figure out what really happened here," Mucciante told the AP on Tuesday.

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